_ (press release) _ Doors Open Ottawa will continue to surprise and delight residents and visitors of all ages and interests with its varied list of more than 120 participating buildings – including 19 new locations – that was revealed today during an event with Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee, members of the Doors Open Ottawa Advisory Council, and representatives from several participating buildings including official host of the 2016 launch, Shopify.
“Ottawa has a reputation for being a welcoming city and Doors Open Ottawa is just another way for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy everything our city has to offer,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This is a unique opportunity to build memories that will last a lifetime, while paying tribute to Ottawa’s rich and diverse architectural heritage.”
On June 4 and 5, the public will have access, at no charge, to more than 120 buildings around the Ottawa region. Doors Open Ottawa offers something for everyone, from municipal facilities and government buildings to private businesses, artists’ studios and places of worship, to embassies and high commissions of countries from across the globe.
“The buildings showcased as part of this year’s Doors Open Ottawa weekend are an excellent mix of new and old, featuring architecture that is beautiful, functionally significant, modern and historical,” said Councillor Deans. “The City owes an immense thank you to the generous sponsors, the legions of volunteers and the participating buildings that make this event possible.”
Shopify hosted today’s launch event at its Elgin Street headquarters and will be among the 19 new locations participating in the Doors Open Ottawa weekend in June.
“Shopify started at the Bridgehead coffee shop on Elgin Street and now we occupy around 155,000 square feet just a few blocks north," said Jean-Michel Lemieux, Senior Vice-President of Engineering at Shopify. “Early on, we knew workplaces needed to change in order to support creative and innovative work. That’s why in each new office we’ve been pushing the boundaries of office design. We look forward to showing Ottawa what we’ve created.”
For the fifth consecutive year there will be a free accessible OC Transpo shuttle bus sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen. More than 50 participating buildings can be accessed from the shuttle loop, giving everyone a wide choice of amazing facilities that can be reached quickly without a vehicle.
For a full list of participating buildings, including which ones are accessible, and information about the shuttle bus, visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen .